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Lutherwood blogposts on Employment & Housing

Reopening plan!
As of next Monday (September 20) we'll be closer to our pre-COVID usual to offer Employment Services supports. This means that we'll have staff on site where people can come to use our computers for job searching and employment purposes, or sitting down with staff to explore their needs in more details. Our preference would be that someone schedule an appointment, but we will do our best to accommodate walk in traffic through a buzzer system that has been installed on our front doors. 

Lutherwood Blog Updates:

Employment: Researching your Career Path
Read the above link for advice on how to complete a career assessment tool to gain confidence in choosing a position that fits your interests and skills. 

Housing: What to bring to a rental viewing
Through this article you'll have a checklist of items to consider taking and leaving behind to help you in the pursuit to find a new home that fits your needs and budget. 

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All Parties Candidates Debate on Disability Issues

Watch this video to hear what party candidates are saying about disability issues.

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Canadian Arab Women Association IS HIRING!

The Canadian Arab Women Association (CAWA) is a non-profit organization established with the purpose of connecting, supporting and empowering Canadian Arab women in the Waterloo Region and Guelph in Ontario, Canada. We represent a group of women who self-identify as Arabs and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, regardless of their religious beliefs, socio-economic status, and educational levels.


​CAWA is dedicated to becoming a bridge that connects Arab women and supports them with different resources and programs, so that they can be active members of the Waterloo Region community and in the larger Canadian society. For that, CAWA provides various programs in the fields of health, education, and social support.


Check out the job postings for CAWA below:

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EAF-Youth & Teen Groups

Check out the fall schedule for EAF's Teen & Youth groups by clicking here.

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Woolwich Counselling Centre-Fall Workshops & Small Group Therapy

Check out this fall calendar for the above organization.

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FASD Ontario-New Website is LIVE!

It's FASD Awareness month!
We are excited to announce that our new and improved FASD website is now live!

You will notice that our website has changed a lot since the last time you checked in. Earlier this year we asked for your feedback and thanks to all of your responses we were able to completely revamp the FASD Ontario website. 

Key features of the new FASD Ontario website include:

  • Enhanced design – The website is now more modern and dynamic, while still being accessible.
  • Improved navigation – We completely reorganized the FASD Ontario website to make the information easier to find and offer a better user experience.
  • Upgraded search functionality – The search bar located in the What's Happening, Learn More and Get Help sections of the website allows you to search for events, news, resources, services, training... all at the same time!

Check out the new website, by clicking here!

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Family Pulse-September 2021

Welcome to September!


Inside this issue:

  • SEAC Updates
  • Who We Put on a Wheaties Box...
  • What's Happening at WRFN
  • The WRFN Team is Growing
  • Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy.

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Covid 19 Safe Voluntary Isolation Site

To read the COVID-19-Safe-Voluntary-Isolation-Site one pager, click here.

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Lutherwood blogposts on Employment & Mental Health

Lutherwood Blog Updates:

Employment: Social Media Brand: What's your Label
This workshop was written to help us promote our workshop happening today at 1pm! It talks about the increasing number of employers who are looking up candidates in Google as part of their screening processes. 


Mental Health: Managing your Mental Health During the Pandemic
Self care is something that many of us could spend more time doing, and this article provides some great ideas to help with that. 

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Ontario Further Extending Temporary Wage Increase for Personal Support Workers Government Continuing to Support Health Care Workforce as Part of COVID-19 Response


August 23, 2021
Ministry of Health


TORONTO ― The Ontario government is investing an additional $169 million to extend the temporary wage increase for personal support workers and direct support workers for the third time since its initial investment last year. This increase will continue until October 31, 2021 and will help stabilize staffing levels and support our frontline health care workers to ensure the province is prepared to respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.


“Since the outset of the pandemic, personal support workers and direct support workers have been critical in supporting some of our most vulnerable patients,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As we head into the fall, ensuring Ontario’s personal support workers are supported will ensure patients continue to receive the high-quality care they need.”


The government is extending the wage enhancement for over 158,000 workers who deliver publicly funded personal support services or direct support services in hospitals, long-term care, home and community care and social services until October 31, 2021. This includes:

  • $3 per hour for approximately 38,000 eligible workers in home and community care;
  • $3 per hour for approximately 50,000 eligible workers in long-term care;
  • $2 per hour for approximately 10,000 eligible workers in public hospitals; and
  • $3 per hour for approximately 60,000 eligible workers in children, community and social services providing personal direct support services for the activities of daily living.

This latest temporary wage increase builds on the government’s previous wage enhancement extension on June 11, 2021, which was set to expire on August 23, 2021. Since October 2020, Ontario has invested $841 million and, with this additional $169 million, will have invested over $1 billion for personal support workers and direct support workers. The province will continue to review the wage increase to inform its next steps to ensure this important investment will bring the greatest stability and support for Ontario’s personal support workers and direct support workers.


“This wage enhancement extension recognizes the vital work and significant sacrifices that personal support workers and direct support workers continue to make to keep Ontarians, including our most vulnerable, safe and healthy,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, President of the Treasury Board. “We will continue to make historic investments to improve home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals and the social services sector throughout the province as part of our fight against COVID-19.”


“Our government is committed to rebuilding and repairing long-term care in Ontario,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Further extending the wage increase will help us continue to attract and retain personal support workers who provide residents with the care they need and deserve everyday.”


To protect vulnerable patients and staff in settings where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 and the Delta variant is higher, on August 17th the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, including personal support workers. This is similar to the vaccination policy requirements currently in place for long-term care homes. Vaccination policies will also be implemented in other higher-risk settings where personal support workers and direct support workers provide care, including licensed retirement homes, congregate group homes and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, children’s treatment centres and other services for children with special needs, and licensed children’s residential settings.


“We remain grateful for support workers who, throughout the pandemic, have continued to provide vital services to individuals with developmental disabilities and complex needs,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “Personal and direct support workers across the province have been instrumental to ensuring our loved ones receive the quality care they need, and the temporary wage increase is meant to recognize and celebrate their important work.”


Quick Facts

  • Personal support workers provide a wide range of services in home and community care, which also reduces or delays the need for more costly care in hospitals and long-term care homes.
  • In October 2020, Ontario provided $461 million to temporarily enhance wages for personal support workers and direct support workers. This was followed by an extension of the temporary wage increase on March 18 and June 11, 2021.
  • Through the COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan, the government invested $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers. It is one of the largest health care recruiting and training programs in Ontario history. To date, more than 600 personal support workers, 500 nurses and 130 supportive care workers have been added across the province through this plan.
  • The temporary wage increase will be reviewed on a regular basis and is intended to be extended until October 31, 2021, in connection with regulations made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.



"We are appreciative of this announcement as we fully understand how much this wage enhancement has meant to our PSWs. This is well deserved as everyone has worked so hard to support their families during the pandemic. It also demonstrates respect for the valuable social impact that this dedicated workforce makes to the lives of so many."

- Constance Clerici
Executive Chair, Closing the Gap Healthcare, and Leighton McDonald, President and CEO, Closing the Gap Healthcare


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